We continue our “How to Study…” blog series where we share the best tips and techniques for improving your study of different subjects. This blog post focuses on ways to learn Physics. Take a look at out previous articles in this series discussing how to study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, History and Law.
Physics is a subject that often gives students many headaches as it includes complex mathematical problems. However, it is a fascinating natural science that has contributed greatly to helping us understand the world around us and to develop technologically. We discuss some top tips below to help you gain an understanding of physics and achieve good exam results in this subject.
How to Study Physics: 5 Techniques to Improve your Memory
1. Master the Basics:
Physics is based on a number of central theories from which everything else develops. It is therefore very likely that the problems you will have to solve in the exam will be based on these core concepts or a variation of these. Consequently, instead of trying to memorize complex problems, it is advisable to assimilate the basic concepts and theories which will help you understand the underlying principles and the connection between different subjects.
An effective way to get an overview of these basic physical concepts and their relationships is by creating a Mind Map such as below:
2. Strengthen Your Maths Skills:
As already mentioned, if you are studying Physics then you will see that it incorporates many mathematical elements. This means that you would easily master this subject if you were adept at tackling multiple formulas and problems. Review or study Mathematics alongside your Physics and this will help you to improve your management of the formulas and concepts.
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Try to simplify the situation as much as possible. The Physics problem you are reading may seem difficult to solve at first but take another look and begin to analyze it and you will realize that is easier than you first thought. It is important to remain calm and try to bring the problem to a situation which you are familiar with by simplifying it in your mind.
4. Use Drawings:
A great way to implement the point above is through drawings or graphics. We have already discussed the benefits of Mind Maps but drawings can also be essential when in order to understand and study physics. Whenever you can, we recommend that you perform a drawing to illustrate a concept just like Sheldon below:
5. Use Flashcards to Study:
Take note of new words, units of measure, general principles and other concepts that arise. This will help you follow the thread of theory and strengthen the new information which will have positive consequences when faced with problem solving.
To do this, Memory or Study Flashcards can help you easily organize all this information. See an example of Physics Flashcards created with GoConqr below:
These five techniques are helping many Physics students at all levels, especially when used together. However, each student has their own way to learn and assimilate knowledge, so we recommend you try different techniques to discover which one best suit you.
Finally, share your experience with us, what techniques do you use to study Physics?